the screaming moist

It’s never too late to start all over again.

Steppenwolf’s “It’s Never Too Late” is probably the greatest, most poignant song choice they’ve made in years… and it’s entirely possible that it’s actually the most on-point song selection in the history of the show.

There’s quite a bit to unpack here… and not just in the verses that were included, but what WASN’T there is also speaking volumes to me.


A disclaimer: lyric interpretation is often more vague than the interpretation of literature or poetry. Lyrics are a form of poetry, but they also have to be crafted in a way that turns words into instruments. (Vocals are supposed to be an instrument, not obnoxiously sitting on top of the mix like they do in 97% of modern music, but I’ll refrain from ranting about that right now.) They’re often mysterious and deeply personal to the person that wrote them. Sometimes artists will purposely mix the vocals so low that you can’t understand every word. And a million people can interpret a set of lyrics and never land upon the exact meaning that the artist intended.

And that’s okay. Music is an art that can be crafted one way and listened to a hundred different ways. That’s the magic of music, and that’s why I love it (even modern music that I tend to not like).

But let’s go ahead and try and pick these lyrics apart, shall we?


Your eyes are moist, you scream and shout

As though you were a man possessed

Right from the beginning, it’s right on the nose. Dean has been screaming the entire season, and it’s not just about the people he’s lost. As we found out in 13x01, hunting is back to being just a job to him. And as Dean said last season in 12x06 (hi, Yockey), that job “only ends one way.”

It ends in death.

He reestablishes that in 13x03. “This life, hunting, monsters, there’s no joy in it. There’s nothing but pain, horror and death.

From deep inside comes rushing forth

All the anguish you suppressed

As we all know, Dean is the absolute king of suppression. In fact, that’s what he was attempting to do (for Sammy’s sake) in this very episode: avoiding letting himself feel by distracting himself with bullets, bacon, and booze. He hunts, he eats, and he drinks.

But suppression isn’t enough, and now the anguish is spilling over.

Upon your wall hangs your degree

Your parents craved so much for you

This one is a little bit funny in a really terrible way, because Dean got a GED. It is a degree of sorts, but he didn’t graduate from a high school properly because of what John demanded of him – to be a hunter, and to protect his little brother. Last season, Mary blatantly states that hunting is never what she wanted for him and Sam, and she then proceeds to make moves towards creating a world where they wouldn’t need to hunt.

But neither of them ever actually asked what Dean wanted.

And though you’re trained to make your mark 

You still don’t quite know what to do

Sam has admitted that Dean is the best hunter he’s ever seen. Dean has essentially been a hunter since the moment his mother died. He was trained to be the best by his father. Dean has all the tools he needs to continue saving people and hunting things, and yet… in this episode, he wanted to die.

Hunting is really the only thing he knows how to do. He’s given himself one chance at something else, and he was dragged right back in.

He has all the tools and no longer knows how to wield them.


And the chorus. My god, the chorus.

It’s never too late to start all over again

To love the people you caused the pain

And help them learn your name

Oh, no, not too late

It’s never too late to start all over again

As if my mind wasn’t blown already, we come to this. It’s never too late to start all over again. It doesn’t matter where you are in life –  you are able to shift your life in a new direction. You can start again. 

It’s never too late to love the people you caused the pain, and help them learn your name. This has a double-meaning – you can start loving people when you choose to. You can choose to love the people that have caused you pain, and you can choose to cease causing pain for those around you. And most importantly for Dean, you can dig yourself out from underneath all that pain and see who you are underneath.


The next verse was cut from the show.

Well, it’s much too late to start again

To try and find a little bliss

So on your woman and your child

You release your bitterness

You drift apart some more each day

You feel the guilt and loneliness

And the God of your childhood you can’t find

To save you from your emptiness

Yes, they had to cut something in order to save time and to make it palatable for the American audience with perpetually short attention spans, but the fact that this verse was the one that was cut is completely mind-blowing in a few different ways.

They cut the verse about a dude with a wife and a child.

To use a term I don’t often use, they cut out the “no homo” verse.

Because love is poetic, most songs are love songs. Or sex songs. Or heartbreak songs. Or songs about how awesome it is to be heterosexual. This particular song is a rare example of a song that’s not actually about any of those things, but the only reference in the entire song that even remotely implies heterosexuality was cut.

(If you haven’t been following me for a while, you know that while I am a hardcore Dean/Cas fan I tend to try and not relate every moment of the show to Dean/Cas or Bi!Dean… but the absence of this verse is definitely worth mentioning.)

But if we take off the ship goggles and say it was just cut for time, and choose to study the verse that wasn’t included, it’s still 100% Dean. The “woman and child” are a family to the person this song is being directed to. And what has Dean been doing all season? “You release your bitterness. You drift apart some more each day. You feel the guilt and loneliness.” Dean has been releasing his bitterness at Sam, and Sam – sensing that – was reaching out to Dean in ways he hasn’t in… well, the entire show. But Dean was still drifting away. Dean was willing to leave Sam alone in dying. Dean (again) lost the best friend he’s ever had, and Sam wasn’t enough to pull him back.

Hunting used to be enough for Dean. He waxed poetic about it to Gordon back in season 2. “The God of your childhood you can’t find to save you from your emptiness.” This time, hunting isn’t working. His usual method of bullets, bacon, and booze isn’t working. Dean is empty.

You say you’ve only got one life to live

And when you’re dead you’re gone

Your family comes to your grave

And with tears in their eyes

They tell you, you did something wrong

“You left us alone”

Dean, despite being resurrected more times than we can scientifically count (due to several of them happening off screen), only has one life. Every time he’s died, Sam has spun off the deep end.

Knowing this, Dean was willing to leave Sam in this episode.

Tell me who’s to say after all is done

And you’re finally gone, you won’t be back again

You can find a way to change today

You don’t have to wait ‘til then

If you die – permanently – you’ll never have a chance to change your life. When Dean finally kicks the bucket for good, that’s it for him. He would never have another chance to change.

Dean died and came back – again. (And Cas died and came back – again.)

You don’t have to wait until you’re dead for your life to change. You can make it change yourself

As long as they’re both living, they have a chance. They have a chance to not cause each other pain. They have a chance to start loving each other, and to truly learn who the other person is, as well as who they are, themselves.

It’s never too late to start all over again.

i can’t get over that damn song in the end….ugh!!!

Your eyes are moist, you scream and shout
As though you were a man possessed
From deep inside comes rushing forth
All the anguish you suppressed
Up on your wall hangs your degree
Your parents craved so much for you
And though you’re trained to make your mark
You still don’t quite know what to do

It’s never too late to start all over again
To love the people you caused the pain
And help them learn your name
Oh, no, not too late
It’s never too late to start all over again

Well, it’s much to late to start again
To try and find a little bliss
So on your woman and your child
You release your bitterness
You drift apart some more each day
You feel the guilt and loneliness
And the God of your childhood you can’t find
To save you from your emptiness

It’s never too late to start all over again
To love the people you caused the pain
And help them learn your name
Oh, no, not too late
It’s never too late to start all over again

You say you’ve only got one life to live
And when your dead your gone
Your family comes to your grave
And with tears in their eyes
They tell you, you did something wrong
“You left us alone”

Tell me who’s to say after all is done
And you’re finally gone, you won’t be back again
You can find a way to change today
You don’t have to wait ‘til then

Can’t believe “It’s Never Too Late” is a canon song on the show and is playing as Dean and Cass meet each other again.

Your eyes are moist, you scream and shout

As though you were a man possessed

From deep inside comes rushing forth

All the anguish you suppressed

Up on your wall hangs your degree

Your parents craved too much for you

And though you’re trained to make your mark

You still don’t quite know what to do


It’s never too late to start all over again

To love the people you caused the pain

And help them learn your name

Oh, no, not too late

It’s never too late to start all over again


Well, it’s too much to late to start again

To try and find the bliss

So on your woman and your child

You release your bitterness

You drift apart some more each day

You feel the guilt and loneliness

And the God of your childhood you can’t find

To save you from your emptiness


Chorus


You say you’ve got only one life to live

And when your dead you’re gone

Your family comes to your grave

And with tears in their eyes

They tell you, you did something wrong

“You left us alone”


Tell me who’s to say after all is done

And you’re finally gone, you won’t be back again

You can find a way to change today

You don’t have to wait ‘til then


Chorus

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Your eyes are moist, you scream and shout
As though you were a man possessed
From deep inside comes rushing forth
All the anguish you suppressed
Upon your wall hangs your degree
Your parents craved so much for you
And though you’re trained to make your mark
You still don’t quite know what to do

It’s never to late to start all over again
To love the people you caused the pain
And help them learn your name
Oh, no, not too late
It’s never too late to start all over again

Well, it’s much too late to start again
To try and find a little bliss
So on your woman and your child
You release your bitterness
You drift apart some more each day
You feel the guilt and loneliness
And the God of your childhood you can’t find
To save you from your emptiness

It’s never too late to start all over again
To love the people you caused the pain
And help them learn your name
Oh, no, not too late
It’s never too late to start all over again

You say you’ve only got one life to live
And when you’re dead you’re gone
Your family comes to your grave
And with tears in their eyes
They tell you, you did something wrong
“You left us alone”

Tell me who’s to say after all is done
And you’re finally gone, you won’t be back again
You can find a way to change today
You don’t have to wait ‘til then

It’s never too late to start all over again
To love the people you caused the pain
And help them learn your name
Oh, no, not too late
It’s never too late to start all over again

Never to late to start all over again

Here’s the lyrics of the song playing at the end of 13.05 aka my new favorite song:


It’s Never Too Late

Steppenwolf


Your eyes are moist, you scream and shout

As though you were a man possessed

From deep inside comes rushing forth

All the anguish you suppressed

Upon your wall hangs your degree

Your parents craved so much for you

And though you’re trained to make your mark

You still don’t quite know what to do


It’s never to late to start all over again

To love the people you caused the pain

And help them learn your name

Oh, no, not too late

It’s never too late to start all over again


Well, it’s much too late to start again

To try and find a little bliss

So on your woman and your child

You release your bitterness

You drift apart some more each day

You feel the guilt and loneliness

And the God of your childhood you can’t find

To save you from your emptiness


It’s never too late to start all over again

To love the people you caused the pain

And help them learn your name

Oh, no, not too late

It’s never too late to start all over again


You say you’ve only got one life to live

And when you’re dead you’re gone

Your family comes to your grave

And with tears in their eyes

They tell you, you did something wrong

“You left us alone”


Tell me who’s to say after all is done

And you’re finally gone, you won’t be back again

You can find a way to change today

You don’t have to wait ‘til then


It’s never too late to start all over again

To love the people you caused the pain

And help them learn your name

Oh, no, not too late

It’s never too late to start all over again

It's Never Too Late - by :steppenwolf

THIS IS THE LYRICS OF THE BACKGROUND MUSIC THAT WAS PLAYED DURING DEAN AND CAS REUNION ! ! !



Lyrics

Your eyes are moist, you scream and shout
As though you were a man possessed
From deep inside comes rushing forth
All the anguish you suppressed
Upon your wall hangs your degree
Your parents craved so much for you
And though you’re trained to make your mark 
You still don’t quite know what to do

It’s never to late to start all over again
To love the people you caused the pain
And help them learn your name
Oh, no, not too late
It’s never too late to start all over again

Well, it’s much too late to start again
To try and find a little bliss
So on your woman and your child
You release your bitterness
You drift apart some more each day
You feel the guilt and loneliness
And the God of your childhood you can’t find
To save you from your emptiness

It’s never too late to start all over again
To love the people you caused the pain
And help them learn your name
Oh, no, not too late
It’s never too late to start all over again

You say you’ve only got one life to live
And when you’re dead you’re gone
Your family comes to your grave
And with tears in their eyes
They tell you, you did something wrong
“You left us alone”

Tell me who’s to say after all is done
And you’re finally gone, you won’t be back again
You can find a way to change today
You don’t have to wait ‘til then

It’s never too late to start all over again
To love the people you caused the pain
And help them learn your name
Oh, no, not too late
It’s never too late to start all over again

My two cents: It’s never too late

i’m late for the train; i just finished 13x05 this morning, and i’m not shaking, squeaking, or in any way being undignified. you are

the song that was playing at the end of the episode was It’s Never Too Late by Steppenwolf. the first verse goes like this:

 Your eyes are moist, you scream and shout
As though you were a man possessed
From deep inside comes rushing forth
All the anguish you suppressed
Upon your wall hangs your degree
Your parents craved so much for you
And though you’re trained to make your mark
You still don’t quite know what to do

now the first two lines are mostly indicating that the person (Dean) is really messed up. the next two lines are where it gets interesting: ‘from deep inside comes rushing forth all the anguish you suppressed’ does that sound like anyone we know? Dean is well-known for his repression (”get in the car”), and now he’s done lying. the next two lines say that Dean had his role pressed on him by his parent (’your parents craved so much for you’) the last two lines tell us that, while Dean has been doing this job his whole life, he is lost, and has no idea how to keep going

The next verse is about how all that bottled-up anger and anguish splashes out on your family. Just sayin’

Onward!

You say you’ve only got one life to live
And when you’re dead you’re gone
Your family comes to your grave
And with tears in their eyes
They tell you, you did something wrong
“You left us alone”

this says that, if you die, your family misses you, blames you for the mess, but they also MISS you. they wish you hadn’t left. this is when Cas calls Dean, Dean says nothing to Sam, and then drives off into the night. ‘cause Dean sure as hell misses Cas

Tell me who’s to say after all is done
And you’re finally gone, you won’t be back again
You can find a way to change today
You don’t have to wait ‘til then

who’s to say that we don’t get second chances? but even if we don’t, who’s to say that we an’t make today better? ‘cause there’s a pretty good chance that we don’t get even a tomorrow, so why not live today?

i also really like that, while Cas and Dean were being shown on camera (jsut staring at each other), the chorus was playing: It’s never too late to start all over again. They got a second chance, and i hope to Chuck they’ll take it.

It’s Never Too Late (Lyrics)

Your eyes are moist, you scream and shout
As though you were a man possessed
From deep inside comes rushing forth
All the anguish you suppressed
Upon your wall hangs your degree
Your parents craved so much for you
And though you’re trained to make your mark
You still don’t quite know what to do

It’s never to late to start all over again
To love the people you caused the pain
And help them learn your name
Oh, no, not too late
It’s never too late to start all over again

Well, it’s much too late to start again
To try and find a little bliss
So on your woman and your child
You release your bitterness
You drift apart some more each day
You feel the guilt and loneliness
And the God of your childhood you can’t find
To save you from your emptiness

It’s never too late to start all over again
To love the people you caused the pain
And help them learn your name
Oh, no, not too late
It’s never too late to start all over again

You say you’ve only got one life to live
And when you’re dead you’re gone
Your family comes to your grave
And with tears in their eyes
They tell you, you did something wrong
“You left us alone”

Tell me who’s to say after all is done
And you’re finally gone, you won’t be back again
You can find a way to change today
You don’t have to wait ‘til then

It’s never too late to start all over again
To love the people you caused the pain
And help them learn your name
Oh, no, not too late
It’s never too late to start all over again

It’s Never Too Late - Steppenwolf

Your eyes are moist, you scream and shout
As though you were a man possessed
From deep inside comes rushing forth
All the anguish you suppressed
Upon your wall hangs your degree
Your parents craved so much for you
And though you’re trained to make your mark
You still don’t quite know what to do

It’s never to late to start all over again
To love the people you caused the pain
And help them learn your name
Oh, no, not too late
It’s never too late to start all over again

Well, it’s much too late to start again
To try and find a little bliss
So on your woman and your child
You release your bitterness
You drift apart some more each day
You feel the guilt and loneliness
And the God of your childhood you can’t find
To save you from your emptiness

It’s never too late to start all over again
To love the people you caused the pain
And help them learn your name
Oh, no, not too late
It’s never too late to start all over again

You say you’ve only got one life to live
And when you’re dead you’re gone
Your family comes to your grave
And with tears in their eyes
They tell you, you did something wrong
“You left us alone”

Tell me who’s to say after all is done
And you’re finally gone, you won’t be back again
You can find a way to change today
You don’t have to wait ‘til then

It’s never too late to start all over again
To love the people you caused the pain
And help them learn your name
Oh, no, not too late
It’s never too late to start all over again

I had such a good time at Con, particularly as Moist :’)

I had “Moist” screamed at me a few times, and hugs, and met several other Discworldians, the number of other people that were like “Moist? What?? ….. OHHH!!! MOIST! Moist Von Going Postal Pratchett!”

Meeting DC Douglas was pretty sweet too :’)